Waymond Lee Rone died August 19, 2019 in Jackson, Mississippi. Just two weeks earlier he had been enjoying the salt air and sea breezes in his garden at Perdido Key, Florida. Many called him Dr. Rone, Wayne, and Daddy, but his grandchildren called him Poppy.
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Richard Roberson minces no words when he hears people argue that there’s no reason to expand Medicaid to the working poor since they can already get free medical care at hospital emergency rooms if they can’t afford to pay for it.
The Madison-Ridgeland Academy Patriot Pride dance team attended UDA camp at Mississippi State University. Laura Lee Boyles, Mae Correro, Haleigh Hall, Lauren Head, Leigh Tucker, and Emory Ware were selected as All-American dancers.
Ray Albert Thompson, age 88, died on August 16th at his home in Ridgeland, MS. Ray was the husband of Vivian S. Thompson. They had been married for 35 years.
John Irwin Kassel, 84, of Madison, MS, passed away on August 16, 2019, in Austin TX. John was born in New Orleans, LA to Philip Charles Kassel and Iris Mire Kassel on January 23, 1935. John attended Tulane University. He married JoAnn Morvant on Nov 3, 1956.
Madison County School District is working to accommodate growth with lasting additions including a new facility to house sixth-graders in the Germantown zone.
Ann Smith Elementary and Mannsdale Upper Elementary will also soon get additional space.
Jackson Academy student council members (from left) Land Gebhart, Kennedy Nations, Lily Grace Thigpen, and Sydney Guy led Upper School students in an assembly to kick off the new year that was held on their first day of school.
Rukia Lumumba is executive director of the People’s Advocacy Institute in downtown Jackson. She is a graduate of Tougaloo College and holds a law degree from Howard University. Lumumba recently spoke to Sun Senior Staff Writer Anthony Warren about the institute and an initiative its working on to address crime in Jackson.
Clifford Macgowan III was born on June 22, 1949, in Jackson, Mississippi, the elder son of Thelma Thompson Macgowan (T) and Clifford Macgowan, Jr., (Kip). On August 16, 2019, he met his Maker following an 18-month battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Gubernatorial runoffs are a rare occurrence in Mississippi’s history. In fact, the most recent was nearly three decades ago. Like so many of you, I have struggled to reach a decision on the right plan of action in this runoff election.
This tuesday Mississippians will enjoy the wonderful privilege of being able to vote in free and open elections. What a blessing!
According to the website Freedom House, only 45 percent of the world population can vote in free elections. Thirty percent are partly free. Twenty-five percent are not free.
The coming weeks promise to be busy for leaders with two Northside community groups, who are pushing forward with plans to implement “community improvement districts” (CIDs).
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Vincent Pratt announce the marriage of their daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Pratt, to Trenton James Wallis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tobian Kyle Wallis.
Jackson will have to transfer $200,000 to the Jackson Zoological Park immediately, or the park will be forced to close.
The city council has set July 30 for a special meeting to vote on making the immediate allocation for the “purpose of operating and maintaining the Jackson Zoo” or face closure by August 16.
Contractors managing the Savanna Street Wastewater Treatment Plant discharged some four billion gallons of untreated wastewater into the Pearl River between December and May.
However, Public Works Director Robert Miller said the firm likely didn’t have a choice.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Vincente Patti announce the engagement of their daughter, Sydney-Kirk Patti, to Austin Davis Vaughn. The prospective bridegroom is the son of Kimberly Davis Clark.
Miss Patti is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Jack Parks and Dixie Patti and the late Vito Daniel Patti.
Rebel Drive has a new stream and waterfall, but that's not a good thing. A water pipe apparently collapsed under the street and the water is gushing out and buckling and cracking the road in multiple places. Residents called the Jackson water department Monday but no action had been taken.
The Ridgeland Police Department’s new fitness facility is expected to be complete next month.
More than 35,000 faulty water meters were installed as part of the city’s $91 million energy performance contract with Siemens.
Jackson’s Civil Service Commission could look into why six Jackson police officers aren’t being allowed to return to active duty, months after they were involved in police-related shootings and months after they were cleared of any wrongdoing.
Dr. and Mrs. Walton Lynn Stringer announce the engagement of their daughter, Sydney Lea Stringer, to Kyle Alexander Zebley, of Pittsburgh. Miss Stringer is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Arthur C. Stringer and the late Dr. and Mrs. Robert Sydney Snyder, all of Jackson.
Billions of dollars in local and state bonds are being issued without competitive bidding. Many of the leading state experts in Mississippi bidding laws are wondering why. It used to not be this way.
There’s no telling how much taxpayer money is being left on the table. It’s probably in the millions of dollars.
Parham Bridges Park promises to be a busy place in the coming weeks, with nearly $400,000 in improvements and additions planned for the popular Northside facility.
Inaction by library officials has resulted in the loss of approximately 34,000 books at the now defunct Charles Tisdale Library. The books were destroyed by black mold.
Meanwhile, any hopes of cleaning the collection were dashed recently, when an insurance claim filed to cover the books’ restoration costs was denied.
Jackson Prep recently held its Precis Pageant. Voted as a beauty and beau were (from left) Jerrion Ealy and Lynn Redding.
Twenty-nine St. Anthony Catholic School students won awards at the MS Science and Engineering Fair held recently at Jackson State University. St. Anthony Catholic School won the Class 2 School Award. St. Anthony Catholic School third-grade student Ella Eatherly won Class 1 Best of Fair Student award.
Jackson Prep students awarded Varsity Band Outstanding Juniors and Sophomores were (from left) Mitch Kincaid, Matt Gross, Wright Thompson and Wesley McCulley.
Jackson Academy sophomores (from left) Lily Rhoden, Julianna Copeland, Zoe Ladner and Anne York dressed in bright orange to celebrate the school’s spirit week leading up to a Wizard of Oz-themed homecoming weekend.
The Columbus tornadoes last weekend are a reminder that Mississippi has the highest per capita deaths from tornadoes of any state in the country at 132 per million. Our prayers are extended to the family of Ashley Pounds who lost her life. We pray the church that was destroyed will rebuild quickly.
Germantown High School held its annual Night in the Spotlight for the 2018-2019 school year. Beauty and Beau winners for the ninth grade are (from left, back) Cannon Curtis, Carson Yoder, Reid Fisher and Colt Yoder; (front) Kate Guillory, Avery Irby, Maggie Wingfield, Cassidy Watkins and Bella Snoddy.
Performing with Jackson Academy’s eighth and ninth grade pom squad, the Silver Steppers, this fall are (from left) Eliza Perkins, Dajionae Weathersby, Sydney Grace Hewitt, Olivia Claire Williford, and Owen Overstreet.
Jackson Academy students (from left) Caroline Graven, Ally Sessums, Mary Grace Downs, Mackenzie Coburn, Alice Williams, Priya Ray, and Delaney Williams helped sort books donated during the school’s recent 60th anniversary book drive.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Senior Night, recognizing senior members of the football team, spirit squads, and band. Shown are (from left) Andrea, Henry and Jay Sanders.